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Geranium sanguineum

Common Name(s):
Bloodred geranium, Bloody cranesbill geranium, Bloody geranium
Categories:
Groundcover, Perennials
Comment:

Bloody cranesbill geranium is an herbaceous prennial in the Geraniaceae family.  The long, slender beak-like fruit gives cranesbill geranium its common name.  The perennial Geraniums do not resemble the annual, zonal Geranium, which is related, but in the genus Pelargonium; the southeastern native.  Works well massed as a ground cover or planted in a boarder or rock garden.

Seasons of Interest:

  Bloom: Spring, April-May

Wildlife Value: Nectar from flowers attract butterflies and bees.  Members of the genus Geranium support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Ptilandrena) distans.  Tolerates damage by deer and rabbits.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems but there is some suseptiblity to leaf spots and rust. 

This plant may be confused with: Geranium maculatum  (a handsome perennial garden plant).

 

Season:
Spring, summer
Height:
9-12 in.
Flower Color:
Magenta
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8
Flower:
Reddish purple to pale pink flowers
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Partial shade to shade
Size:
12-18 in.; spread of 18 in. in mid-spring and summer
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Herbaceous perennial
Propagation:
Division spring or fall, cuttings, seed
Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade
Soil:
Moist soil best, but drought tolerant
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Europe, Asia
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Tags:
pink, sun, summer, spring, deciduous, bees, purple, nectar, pollinator, perennial, specialized bees, groundcover, partial shade, rock garden, boarder, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 289

Geranium sanguineum Geranium sanguineum
Geranium sanguineum Close up of flowers
Photo by Bob Gutowski, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0